Industrial Hygienist
Department Of Labor - Buffalo, NY

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Opportunities are Open! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), and you will help shape the workforce of tomorrow. DOL offers rewarding opportunities to contribute to a noble mission; to serve and protect American workers, prepare them for new and better jobs, and to ensure the safety and fairness of American workplaces.

This is an appointment under the DOL Recent Graduates program. The program duration is one year. Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a term or permanent position in the competitive service.

Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be eligible for conversion to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

This position is located in the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). New York Region II-Duty Location: Buffalo, NY. This position has promotion potential to the grade of of GS-12. This position is inside the NCFLL.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • Must be U.S. citizen with valid driver's license.
  • Must submit college transcript(s) in English.
  • 5-point veterans must submit a form DD-214.
  • 10-point veterans must submit a form DD-214 and an SF-15
  • Medical examination is required for this position.
  • A probationary period may be required.

DUTIES: FOR GS-07 1. Accompanies and assists senior IHs on investigations involving a large variety of high risk operations, or different work processes, practices or environments to further develop knowledge of standards and use of sampling and equipment. 2. Visits worksites, holds opening conferences with the employer and with the employee representative, when appropriate, to explain the purpose and scope of the inspection. Provides general information concerning the legislation and regulations under which inspections are performed. 3. Reviews company's required recordkeeping, interviews employees, takes photographs and collects environmental samples using a variety of sampling equipment. 4. With assistance from senior IH prepares report of the inspection recommending citations, and proposed penalties, showing alleged violations, standards applicable, and abatement dates. 5. Submits samples to laboratory for analysis as required. With assistance of senior IH, analyzes and interprets results of laboratory analysis of field tests and determines exposure levels. 6. Conducts a closing conference with the employer to review hazards noted, obtain further information as needed, and to obtain estimated period of abatement. Contacts the Area Director in possible imminent danger situations. 7. Participates with Regional Solicitors Office, the Area Director or senior CSHO, in developing own cases under contest. Testifies under legal adversary procedures to direct examination by Federal Solicitors, cross examination by company attorneys, attorneys representing employees, and questioning by the judge hearing the case. 8. Performs field calibration of equipment. FOR GS-09 1. Prior to inspections, become familiar with work operations, materials and other relevant facts about the workplace. 2. Conducts or participates in the opening conference with management and employee representatives to explain the nature and scope of the inspection. Provides detailed information concerning the legislation, regulations, and authority under which inspections and investigations are performed. 3. Reviews and evaluates company's occupational health and safety records. 4. Conducts walk-through inspection, accompied by employer and employee representatives. Takes notes of conditions and of any apparent violations of standards, takes screening samples and measurements as appropriate and determines what long-term samples have to be taken on a subsequent day. Photographs are taken in hazardous conditions. 5. Plans the methodolgy and executes the appropriate industrial hygiene survey procedures necessary to confirm the existence and severity of violations of federal health standards and evaluates control measures in effect or needed. 6. Interviews employees, as necessary, to further evaluate specific and overall conditions of the working enviroment. 7.Upon completion of sampling, conducts or participates in closing conference with management to discuss preliminary findings, answer questions, and discuss possible control measures and abatement periods. 8. Upon return to office, sends samples to laboratory for anslysis. 9. Prepares report or portion of report, citing violations and recommending penalties and abatement dates.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements;

a. Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years; or

b. Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010, and before July 10, 2012 (eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); or,

c. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for his/her degree or certificate.

ii. Appointee must sign a DOL Pathways Recent Graduate Program Participant Agreement.

iii. Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible for appointment, provided that they meet an exception to certain legal restrictions. Appointee must be a U.S. citizen in order to be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service upon completion of the program.

iv. The entire duration of this appointment constitutes a trial period.

Applicants must meet qualification, legal, and regulatory requirements for the position by the closing date of this vacancy announcement. A. To Qualify Based Only on Education: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university that included the following: A bachelor(s or higher degree in industrial hygiene; or a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, bio-statistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene. Courses in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable. For GS-7: 1 year of graduate level education, or Superior Academic Achievement at the undergraduate level {(A) Upper third of graduating class: (B) 3.0 GPA for all coursework during the last 2 years: (C) 3.5 GPA in required courses completed in major field during the final 2 years; or (D) Membership in a national scholastic honor society}. For GS-9: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree at an accredited college or university in a field of study described above. OR: B. Combination of education and experience: At least 12 semester hours of course work in chemistry including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours as specified in A above, plus additional education and/or experience. All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must have been acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4- year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at any accredited college or university. Qualifying experience may have been obtained in field, laboratory, engineering, or other environment if the work provided a means of obtaining a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education, or training, and personal protective equipment. Any combination of graduate level education and professional work experience described in A & B above that equals 2 years is qualifying for GS-9. At least 1 year above professional industrial hygiene experience must have been at a level of difficulty comparable to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service.

To be eligible, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

a. Completed all requirements for an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution on or after December 27, 2010(eligibility under this provision expires July 10, 2014); or

b. Was released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years, where the applicant is a veteran who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying for a recent graduate position during any portion of the two-year eligibility period following completion of his/her degree or certificate requirements, provided that not more than six years have transpired since the applicant completed the requirements for his/her degree or certificate.

Academic transcripts (in English) must be submitted to demonstrate eligibility and in order for your education to be considered as a basis for meeting the minimum qualification requirements of this position. The Department of Labor does not recognize academic degrees from schools that are not accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service. If courses were taken at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, or from several different colleges or universities, you must submit all the necessary transcripts. If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Follow the instructions: click How To Submit Supplemental Documentation Document or Submit Supplemental Documentation Video. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission.

- Proof of Eligibility : Academic transcript or other official documentation from the qualifying educational institution showing that you meet the eligibility requirements for a Recent Graduate appointment, as described in the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section of this announcement. If you are claiming extended eligibility due to military service performed during the two-year period following graduation, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing the dates of such service. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty)

- Proof of Qualifications : Academic transcripts sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, as described in this announcement, where you are seeking to qualify, at least in part, on the basis of your education. See "Qualifications and Evaluations."

- Veterans' Preference Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting to be honorably discharged or released within 120 days, click Active Duty ) Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Applicants will be scored on a scale of 70 to 100, not including veterans' preference. Based on your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, an automated scoring system will be used to rate and rank your applications. Your self-determined rating, narrative responses, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. If upon review it is determined that your application package does not support your answer choices, your score may be modified to reflect the final rating based on all the information provided in your application. Ultimately, the Human Resources Office is responsible for determining an applicant's final rating. Please ensure that your resume and narrative responses provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Also, one or more additional assessment tools may also be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, written test, work sample, etc). Individuals who meet eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme, or eligibles must obtain at least a rating of Medium (on a scale of Low, Medium, and High) on all rating factors. Category A: Applicants rated under this Category must demonstrate expert knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices to perform portions of industrial hygiene inspections. Experience in calibrating and using a wide variety of industrial hygiene sampling instruments. Experience strong written and oral communication skills. Category B: Applicants rated under this Category must demonstrate knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices. Knowledge of sampling techniques. Strong written and oral communication skills. Category C: Applicants rated under this Category must demonstrate basic knowledge of industrial hygiene concepts, principles, and practices. Knowledge of sampling techniques. Strong written and oral communication skills. Competencies you will be evaluated on: 1. Industrial Hygiene Qualifying experience may have been obtained in field, laboratory, engineering, or other environment if the work provided a means of obtaining a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work must have involved experience in all of the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical, and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment. 2.Interpersonal Skills Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. 3.Influencing/Negotiating Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions. 4.Problem Solving/Reasoning Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations. 5.Self-Management Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior. 6.Teamwork Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals. 7.Writing Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material that is appropriate for the intended audience. 8. Technology Application Uses machines, tools, or equipment effectively; uses computers and computer applications to analyze and communicate information in the appropriate format. Anyone wishing to be considered under ICTAP/CTAP should annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible. Applicants meeting the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against the competencies described below and will be placed into one of the following quality categories, based on responses to the vacancy questionnaire:

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the HRO may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

Referrals will be made in accordance with applicable reemployment priority and/or veterans' preference requirements. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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BENEFITS: The Department of Labor (DOL) offers a great benefit package to eligible employees. The benefit package includes but is not limited to health benefits, supplemental dental and vision plans, flexible spending accounts, 13 days paid sick leave per year, vacation leave and 10 paid holidays per year. We offer a variety of employee benefit options, a family-friendly work environment, a child care subsidy program, transit subsidy program, career assistance program, health services and fitness programs, access to LifeCare, a resource and referral service and more. For a comprehensive site about all federal benefits, please refer to OPM . For specific DOL benefits information, please refer to DOL BENEFITS .

OTHER INFORMATION: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION , SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION , PROBATIONARY PERIOD , FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

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